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Chronic Heartburn: Managing Acid Reflux and GERD Through Understanding, Diet and Lifestyle -- Includes More than 100 Recipes
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Chronic Heartburn: Managing Acid Reflux and GERD Through Understanding, Diet and Lifestyle -- Includes More than 100 Recipes

by Barbara Wendland
 

44% of Americans experience heartburn and acid reflux on a regular basis.

Acid reflux disease, or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), is a serious affliction affecting millions of Americans. With GERD's severe symptoms not always responsive to treatment, the result is often a poor quality of life. This welcome book is a comprehensive resource to

Overview

44% of Americans experience heartburn and acid reflux on a regular basis.

Acid reflux disease, or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), is a serious affliction affecting millions of Americans. With GERD's severe symptoms not always responsive to treatment, the result is often a poor quality of life. This welcome book is a comprehensive resource to crucial medical facts and coping mechanisms for those who suffer from this condition.

Information from the most recent scientific studies is included on such key topics as:

  • Understanding the condition and its medical considerations
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Healthy eating habits
  • Conventional medical treatments, including drug therapy, endoscopy, and surgery
  • Effects on personal and family lifestyle

Since healthy eating is key to the management of acid reflux and GERD, the authors include 100 specially tailored recipes. These creative and tempting dishes are satisfying and delicious, and all will be well tolerated by those with acid reflux problems. They include:

  • Vegetable Spring Rolls
  • Chunky Tzadziki Spread
  • Super Soothing Vegetable Stock
  • Nonna Vertolli's Minestrone
  • Baked Spinach and Rice Casserole
  • Smoked Salmon Stuffed with Light Cream Cheese

Chronic hearthburn is a recurring problem affecting millions. For them, this encouraging book will be useful on a daily basis.

Editorial Reviews

Minneapolis Star Tribune
Particularly useful may be the parts on aggravating factors, including foods, medicines and behaviors.
— Al Sicherman
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
The authors break down the causes and symptoms, tell you when it's time to seek medical help, talk about the current research, drugs and surgery and advise on the necessary lifestyle changes that need to be made.
Minneapolis Star Tribune - Al Sicherman
Particularly useful may be the parts on aggravating factors, including foods, medicines and behaviors... includes a set of meal plans for dealing with episodes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780778801344
Publisher:
Rose, Robert Incorporated
Publication date:
04/01/2006
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
633,792
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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Preface

Heartburn as a result of acid reflux can be incredibly frustrating and persistently painful. For some people, heartburn is merely the symptom of a minor intermittent problem, but for others, it is the symptom of a major chronic condition known as gastrointestinal reflux disease. The purpose of our book is to provide a source of information on this condition, explaining why you experience chronic heartburn, when you should seek medical treatment, and how to incorporate lifestyle changes, especially changes to your diet, so you can manage painful and annoying symptoms.

If you have symptoms of chronic heartburn, this book will help you learn more about the disorder and gain relief from the pain you are experiencing. Questions to be answered include the following:

  • What are the symptoms, causes, and complications of chronic heartburn?
  • Who is vulnerable to the development of acid reflux problems?
  • When do you need to involve your doctor?
  • What role does medication play in managing acid reflux?
  • What lifestyle changes can be made to relieve chronic heartburn?
  • What is the best diet to provide relief and prevent chronic heartburn?
  • What recipes are best for chronic heartburn?

Start by reading the first chapters on the symptoms and causes of heartburn. If you are eager to understand more about medical therapies for treating chronic heartburn, move on to those chapters. At any time go to the diet and recipe sections. Foods that potentially aggravate or relieve symptoms are identified. Sample menus are presented based on the severity of symptoms. And more than 100 recipes are included thatwe have created and tested for managing acid reflux. These recipes are well tolerated if you are sensitive to acid and other irritating ingredients. Meals can be a comfortable and enjoyable experience—even when you have chronic heartburn. Use the recipes to take control of your symptoms as you regain your optimum health.

Meet the Author

Barbara Wendland is a lecturer at the School of Nutrition, Ryerson University. A registered dietitian, she has 15 years' experience working as a clinician on GERD at leading hospitals. She lectures extensively on digestive diseases and lives in Toronto.

Lisa Marie Ruffolo is a journalist whose personal experience with digestive disorders prompted her to learn more.

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